Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Discover Songs - October

Fields, Junip

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Formed in Gothenburg, Sweden and featuring Jose Gonzalez, Junip's songs are often dynamic, melodic and shadowy. Their sound is familiar to those who have listened to Gonzalez's critically-acclaimed records.

From NPR First Listen:
Junip is a trio from Gothenberg, Sweden: Elias Araya is on drums, Tobias Winterkorn plays keyboards and José González sings and plays guitar. The music of Junip comes from improvisation first, with melody and lyrics coming later. Winterkorn describes picking through the improvisations for good ideas from the band's recordings, "and then taking out the raisins from the cake to eat them." For both Araya and González, this record has been like chasing a dream — a dream that began when Junip's members were just 14.

The list of influences is long, from John Martyn's guitar sound to the repetitive trance of Ethiopian music, and from German electronic music to Nina Simone. Somehow, all this turns up on Junip's album Fields, and it all works.

Lonely Avenue
, Ben Folds adds Music and Melody to Nick Hornby's Words, Ben Folds/Nick Hornby

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This special Lonely Avenue deluxe edition features music and vocals by singer-songwriter Ben Folds and lyrics by novelist Nick Hornby, four Hornby short stories and photos by Joel Meyerowitz, all in a beautiful hardbound book.

Other albums for October include a new release from Eric Clapton titled simply Clapton, a traditional country album Ghost Train, recorded by Marty Stuart, and an album produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, You Are Not Alone, featuring Mavis Staples.

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